Deadspin Slams WWE for Taking Millions From Saudis for Shows
Thursday, October 11, 2018
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet insider Ryan Satin, WWE says they’re “monitoring the situation” involving the death of a journalist reportedly at the order of Saudi Arabia’s royal court.
A rep for WWE released a statement to the media saying, “We are currently monitoring the situation.”
For those unaware, the New York Times reported this week that officials believe Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week by a team who dismembered his body with a bonesaw.
Companies with ties to the Saudi government have since come under heavy scrutiny. On Wednesday, the New York Times pulled out as a media sponsor from an investor event later this month in Riyadh. Richard Branson also suspended business talks with the Saudi Arabian government in regards to a reported $1 billion investment in Virgin’s space companies.
In light of the news and money already paid to the WWE by the Saudis for The Greatest Royal Rumble, Deadpsin takes the WWE to task for their promotion of the repressive Saudi government during the previous pay per view and the hypocritical nature of Shawn Michaels saying he wouldn't come out of retirement to take a big payday for years only to come out of retirement with an expected big payday coming out of Crown Jewel.
It's not a good look for the WWE, who was just presented with a humanitarian award at the ESPYs, or Glenn Jacobs, otherwise known as Kane, who is now in public office in Knox County, Tennessee, and who may have solicited a donation to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation from the WWE in lieu of his involvement in the Saudi shows.
For those interested, here is a link to the Deadspin article which is an eye-opening read: